The London Institute for Healthcare Engineering (LIHE) will involve the construction of a new building embedded within St Thomas’ campus which will bring together King’s research excellence, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust’s leading clinical practice and the medtech sector’s commercial innovation power and talent, engaging multinationals, SMEs and start-ups simultaneously.
The close collaboration will ensure that research in healthcare engineering is translated rapidly into new products and technologies that will benefit patients.
In 2019, King’s College London, in partnership with Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded £16m UKRPIF funding to establish LIHE.
This opportunity was generated through major co-investment of over £32m from Wellcome and industry partners including Siemens Healthineers, Medtronic, NVIDIA and IBM, as well as £15m contribution from King’s towards the construction of the new building.
LIHE represents the confluence of King's world-leading scientific, clinical, regulatory, market access and commercial capabilities, uniquely geared to the development of new medical devices. Our mission is to become an evergreen pipeline of medical technology innovation to transform the health and care of patients. By collocating in a central landmark building on St. Thomas' campus our partners from industry, academia and the startup community, we will foster synergies that will break barriers of adoption and accelerate the transition of technology from bench to bedside to boardroom.– Dr Nicolas Huber, Director, Commercial Operations and Partnerships (LIHE)
We need to pioneer approaches that will advance the implementation of new medical technology into the patient care pathway while enhancing the standard of care. The London Institute for Healthcare Engineering will address these aspects by physically embedding staff from multiple sectors to create an ecosystem to accelerate end-to-end translation of novel healthcare technologies.– Professor Sebastien Ourselin FREng, Head of the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King’s College London
This new space is important for our students and staff, enabling an ecosystem for working closely with industry and helping to foster entrepreneurship. As well as being of benefit to King's students and staff, this will also ensure that research is translated rapidly into new novel medical technologies that will benefit patients.– Professor Shitij Kapur, Vice-Chancellor & President of King’s
Advances in healthcare engineering have opened enormous opportunities for transformative advances in healthcare, yet closer collaboration is needed to deliver innovation to patients in a more efficient manner. We welcome the development of The London Institute for Healthcare Engineering as an integral part of St Thomas’ MedTech Hub and we strongly support the co-location model it champions.– Dr Ian Abbs, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust